Shifts & Shakeups

The Week in Restaurant News: Everyone's Adding a Bar

Monsoon and Serious Pie expand, a popular congee popup resurfaces, and Madison Park Conservatory offers dinner at half price.

By Malcolm Griffes October 11, 2013

Dine here at half off. Photo via Seattle Moms Dealfinder.


Cary Kemp, owner of Pizzeria 22, opened his new Italian eatery in West Seattle on Monday.The small shop serves Sicilian-style pizzas as well as sandwiches and desserts (including a peanut butter-topped Ding Dong). Quadrato is open for lunch and dinner daily.

Maison Tavern
After a bit of a wait, upscale cocktail bar, Maison Tavern opened Thursday in SoDo. The official release gives you a sample of what to expect: "Like any speakeasy of the era, access to the Tavern is password protected and changed daily via the website."


Bauhaus Books and Coffee
On its 20-year anniversary the much-loved Bauhaus served its last coffee at the Pike and Melrose location. The shop is moving up the street to re-open in the location of the late Capitol Club.

Soul Wine
The locally focused wine shop tmay have shut its doors in South Lake Union. But don't worry, recommendations, local wines, and the excellent Michael Teer can be found not far away at his original shop, Pike and Western.


Serious Pie and Serious Biscuit
Tom Douglas's South Lake Union locations for pizza and biscuit satisfaction are expanding (see Soul Wine, above). A new bar and 30 more seats might help shorten those wait times. December 1 is the projected opening for the new space, so cross your fingers.

Eric and Sophie Banh's modern Vietnamese restaurant is expanding in its current location on Capitol Hill’s 19th Avenue. The move will add 30 seats and a full-on bar. Construction begins October 15 and is expected to be done in the spring. Monsoon will stay open during the expansion.

Louisa’s Café and Bakery
The long established Eastlake brunch spot, with some seriously huge cinnamon rolls, is planning to add a full bar and extendingits hours, according to Eater Seattle. A late-night menu is in the works as well, and—don’t judge me—hopefully the cinnamon rolls will be on it.


Madison Park Conservatory
The swankily irreverent restaurant—think deviled eggs filled with Dungeness crab—is offering dinner at 50 percent off. For six days in October the restaurant will be posting "secret" passwords on its Facebook page. So like/follow/friend the restaurant, get the password, and eat for half off. It's all happening mid-week, October 15-17, and 22-24.

Kraken Congee
The congee popup is resurfacing, this time on October 21 at Blackboard Bistro in West Seattle. A rough menu posted on the Facebook lists varied dishes like, crab curry congee and longanisa dumplings. 

The South Lake Union Indian restaurant is reversing course and taking reservations for lunch and dinner. But only in half of the dining room. Sorry, you'll still have to brave the lines up at sibling restaurant Vij's in Vancouver. 


Kigo Kitchen
It’s for business people, by business people. The fast-causal wok-fried lunch spot is coming to South Lake Union, hopefully in November. It’s Asian inspired and leans healthy, according to cofounder Steve Hooper, who’s planning to open a few more locations around town.


Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking
Tom Douglas and Thierry Rautureau are taking their bromance multimedia;  the Seattle Times says the chefs will host the first episode of a new show airing on KCTS. The duowill forage for their food around Seattle, go crabbing at Shilshole Marina,  and of course stop by Pike Place Market. (Pike Place Market always gets the cameos.) The episode airs on November 8 at 12:30 pm.  


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